Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Belleville, Illinois
The law firm of Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, P.C., win cases because of careful case evaluation and litigation. Our firm has years of experience in engaging in thorough, careful pre-screening and pursuing cases judged meritorious by a network of qualified physicians and other experts.
Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, P.C. will evaluate your case, looking hard at the type of negligence involved and the magnitude of adverse consequences. We recognize that injury victims need sound legal guidance and not false hope. Our firm is comprised of some of the most successful medical malpractice lawyers in Belleville IL.
Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, P.C. has won a wide range of high-stakes medical malpractice claims, obtaining numerous sizable verdicts and settlements.
Winning Medical Malpractice Attorneys, Belleville, Illinois
Enforcing Health Care Professionals’ Accountability Under the Law
Like other licensed professionals, doctors must be held accountable for their actions. Patients have a right to expect diligence, focus and skill when they seek medical treatment. Our medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to meet the high standard of legal proof required to win compensation after medical mistakes including:
· Pre-natal and delivery room negligence that results in birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, brain injury and other preventable conditions
· Failures to diagnose an illness such as cancer or heart disease, often by failing to administer the proper tests or misreading test results
· Misdiagnosis that prevents a patient from receiving timely, proper treatment
· Surgical errors, including operation on the wrong body part, unnecessary surgery or serious anesthesia mistakes
· Mismanaged post-surgical care and medical negligence
· Drug overdoses and other serious medication errors made at either the physician or pharmacy level, product liability, compromised medical records and other errors
· Lack of informed consent when a doctor fails to properly inform a patient of the nature, intent and risks of a medical procedure, ultimately leading to a severe adverse outcome
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases That We Handle
Birth Injuries – Negligence and improper procedure in the delivery process can result in lasting harm for you or your baby. Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, P.C. specializes in holding physicians accountable for the quality of care they provide. Preventable injuries such as the brachial plexus injury discussed in this article are all too common; you and your baby should not be left to pick up the pieces for any shortcomings in your medical care.
There are many options to safely deliver a baby without injury, and a doctor should know these options and use them. Any failure to do so resulting in harm to you or your baby could be an example of medical negligence.
Hospital Malpractice – Not all investigations into potential medical malpractice ultimately center on a specific doctor or any other single medical professional. In this age of “managed care” and bureaucracy that is pervasive throughout most aspects of the health care system, policies and decisions made by hospital or nursing home administrators must also be carefully considered in a malpractice suit.
Outdated policies and bureaucratic controls can be detrimental to patient care; if evidence of this can be found, the hospital can be held accountable for the resulting damages. Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, P.C. has the tools and resources to find these shortcomings.
A Total Effort, from an In-Depth Case Evaluation Through Settlement or Trial
Many lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois are turning away from the complexity of medical malpractice litigation, our law office continues to take action against doctors and other medical professionals who fail to uphold prevailing standards of care. Our reputation compels opponents to take us seriously, and our case-building skills enable us to pursue sizable compensation for a victim of medical malpractice with confidence.
In a recent 2018 case, Keefe, Keefe & Unsell, P.C. secured a 2.25-million-dollar settlement in a medical malpractice case in St. Clair County, IL. In another case, Perry v Garchitorena & Midwest Emergency Department Services, Perry was awarded $8.48 million towards future medical expenses as a result of something as simple as a car accident.
Perry’s injuries were overlooked, as a result he was owed compensation for pain and suffering, years of physical therapy, and medical bills. Although representing clients in malpractice cases is difficult for a litany of reasons, this case proves that with the right legal team it is possible to secure the compensation you deserve to help with future medical costs.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations in Illinois
A statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits refers to the time that an injured patient or family of a deceased patient has to file a claim against the medical professionals responsible for the death or injury or the responsible hospitals or medical facility.
After the statute of limitations lapses the patient or his or her family can no longer pursue a medical malpractice claim. If you have questions specifically about the statute of limitations or any other aspect of your case, do not hesitate to contact us and we will clarify these matters.
The state of Illinois allows a patient two years from the date of discovery to file their medical malpractice claim. The term “Date of Discovery” refers to the date that our client discovers that he or she is injured and that those injuries or death are probably the result of medical malpractice from a procedure, diagnosis or other error committed by the medical professional. Documentation should begin at or as close to the date of discovery as possible.
Documentation should begin at or as close to the date of discovery as possible and an attorney should be contacted immediately. Keep all medical records and correspondence between the patient or the patient’s family and the medical facility, doctor or other health care professionals.
There is another element to the Illinois Statute of Limitations regarding filing medical malpractice claims. Beyond the two-year statute of limitations referenced above, there is a four-year limitation for filing a claim after the date of the medical treatment or procedure. This means that the clock begins ticking at the time of the medical interaction that may have caused injury or death regardless of when the discovery date occurs.
There are several exceptions to the Illinois Medical Malpractice statute of limitations:
- Disability: If the injured party is incapacitated and thus prevented from filing his medical malpractice claim he or she will then have two-years to file the claim once the disability is removed and the patient is physically able to move forward with a lawsuit.
- Minors: A child under the age of 18 who is hurt by medical malpractice has up to 8 years from the date of treatment that resulted in his or her injuries. The youth must file their medical malpractice claim before his or her 22nd birthday.
- Fraud: If information was purposely withheld by a medical institution or medical professional related to an incident of medical malpractice, thus obfuscating the commission of medical malpractice, the limitation is five years from the day the cause of the injury or death is found.
What should I do if I believe the statute of limitations has expired for my case? While it is important to act on any legal situation promptly and purposefully, don’t assume that all is lost if you believe the statutes of limitations or any other factor my prevent filing and winning a medical malpractice or any other type of case.
Discuss your case with an attorney. Only then can you be certain about the nature of your case and the condition of the environment in which it will be assessed in a courtroom. Quite simply, we handle these types of cases day in and day out and we know how these things play out. We understand the nature of how these cases play in the courtroom and in front of juries. We also know the ins and outs of legal maneuvering and how timelines can be fluid rather than completely “set in stone.”
There is rarely a good reason to not follow up when you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice. After all, the clock is ticking and with every passing moment your case may be losing impact and legal standing. But, let a professional medical malpractice attorney make that call.
Winning Medical Malpractice Firm in St. Clair County, IL
At Keefe, Keefe, & Unsell P.C. we have served St. Clair County for over 40 years, providing expert legal advice to those harmed by negligence, misconduct, and mistakes. We’ve been recognized for our work as Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers, and have received numerous awards including the Martindale-Hubbell award, as well as the prestigious Leonard M. Ring award.
We believe that professional, compassionate representation of our clients is of utmost importance, and are dedicated to providing expert legal support to the people of St. Clair County, IL and St. Louis. It has been both an honor and privilege to represent our ever-growing number of satisfied clients.
Please contact us at (618) 236-2221 for a free consultation and thorough, informed evaluation of your potential legal case. If you or a loved one has been victimized by a life-changing medical mistake or fatal consequences, you deserve compensation.